First of all, please excuse me if this is in the wrong section.
What brings me to the forum is that I need help planning a hike for Spring Break this year. I never do anything good for break, I'm not really into the beach scene, and I've saved up a little this year and would like to hike with a group of my friends for 5-7 days. Some of my friends are experienced hikers, and I'm very outdoorsy, so I'm not too worried about all of the technicalities. It's been a dream of mine to do the trail, so I think this is a nice starting point.
The main issue is that my friend from Raleigh, NC, says that it will be warm enough to hike in the Smokies during break. I think he's crazy. Our break is March 7-15, and we'd like to plan our trip right in the middle of that.
How far south will we have to go not to freeze to death?
Is there a trail other than the AT that we should be doing instead?
Have you ever hiked at that time of year, and where?
I am clueless! Thank you all so much.